Create a local HTTPS proxy server

In recent months I’ve been working to add Apple Pay for Web to a major clothing retailer. One of the requirements for Apple Pay for Web is that the connection must be over HTTPS. Most of the time when I’m developing locally, I do not use HTTPS. Local, meaning the application code is running on my laptop. In most cases, HTTPS is just run in staging and production environments and not handled directly by your app code.

Reach Docker Host From Container

This is the best way I’ve found to set up for a container to contact the host machine. sudo ifconfig lo0 alias 172.16.123.1 Now you can use the IP 172.16.123.1 to contact your local host machine. Might want to store that in an environment variable. Note: I had written a much longer, more indepth post, but a few unfortunate key strokes in Vim obliterated much of the post…

A Better Hack to Get Docker and VPN to Play Nice

If you’ve found this article, then you’ve banged your head against the problem of being on a restrictive VPN and using Docker at the same time. The culprit is usually Cisco AnyConnect or Junos Pulse. The Problem You use Docker for development. For various reasons you need to connect to a VPN, but as soon as you do, Docker stops working. There are many solutions out there, some work, others do not.

A Hack to Get Docker Working While on VPN

See the improved version If you’ve found this article, then you’ve banged your head against the problem of being on a restrictive VPN and using Docker at the same time. The culprit is usually Cisco AnyConnect or Junos Pulse. The Problem You use Docker for development. For various reasons you need to connect to a VPN, but as soon as you do, Docker stops working. There are many solutions out there, some work, others do not.

Preventing unwanted git email leaking

Maybe you work on different git projects, on business, then at home for personal projects. In the past, as a convenience, I set my ~/.gitconfig to include my name and email like the following.

Using free SSL and Cloudfront for an Angular React site

This is the holy grail, the culmination of knowing there is something out there better, stronger, faster. In this blog post, I’ll outline how to set up Amazon S3, Cloudfront, and Route53 to serve your static React, Angular, or any site over HTTPS. Get ready, it’s about to get real. What am I even talking about? The new en vogue way to build sites is to use React or Angular on the front end.

Using Amazon Route53/S3 to redirect your root domain

The Backstory You may find yourself needing to redirect all traffic from your root domain example.com, otherwise known as the apex, to your real hostname www.example.com. Maybe you didn’t know this, but you cannot use a CNAME on your apex domain. This will bite you in the butt when you try to use your root domain example.com with Heroku’s SSL (HTTPS) service. Heroku will give you a hostname and tell you to create a CNAME to that hostname.

Leveraging Reflux (flux) with React like a pro

#Leveraging Reflux (flux) with React like a pro My latest project for a well known clothing retailer has involved writing a React based web app. It has a staggering amount of data that needs to update different parts of the app. To accomplish this, we are using React (of course) and Reflux. So you’ve heard React is the new hotness that all the cool developers are adding to their resume.

The Life of a Vagabond Software Engineer

The Life of a Vagabond Software Engineer, Part 1. Constant change requires reliable tools Maybe you’re like me, you love to change things up, find new places, explore the horizons. This could be the far flung corners of the earth, or just a part of town you’ve never been. I’m a die hard explorer, but I’m also a software engineer. I need to be connected, I need power, and I need an environment that works.